I have a couple of questions that I will highlight in bold if anyone has any ideas - otherwise Im just rambling!!!!!
Yesterday I was desperate to ride! I hadnt ridden in around 4/5 days and was at the point of being a bit snappy and grumpy having not had that pressure release
Ah how quickly I've come to rely on it - but that's another story altogether...
Anyway so just as I pull into the field I realise I had forgotten my saddle. This may well have been a bit of a Freudian slip or it may have been the fact it lives in the car and I had taken it out as I needed the space and hadnt put it back. Either way it was bareback or nowt as I am way too lazy to go home again - its not the drive its the blooming in and out locking gates I cant be doing with!
Anyway I figure if I am going bare back I may as well go the whole hog and ride in the halter. I think although we use a Dr Cooks, its still really easy for me to yank it around and I do tend to be grabby if I am unsteady or a bit uptight. This is all very tentatively as my hat lives in the saddle bag
The first 5 mins was our usual jogging, fidgetting stuff. Anyone have any ideas what this is about?
It is worst if I havent ridden the day before but she trots, jogs, fidgets, for the first time tried to bite my foot!!!! It kind of says 'get off!' She isnt keen on bareback especially now she is leaner and not so well padded
I did get on very carefully although we had to have 'words' at the mounting block.
She fidgets at the mounting block - moves back, moves her hind end away etc. She knows what I want her to do but choses not to. The minute I get my carrot stick out and reposition her she stands in place smartly and stays there. No stick and she fidgets constantly. Is she trying to tell me she's not happy or just messing about until I insist?
She's an LBI so I suspect the latter!
Actually the session went really well. Once she settled down after a few hind quarter yields that is
She settled quickly and I concentrated on not holding on with me legs and absolute minimal reins - one finger butterflies only if I had to. We played 'touch it' which took her a while to figure out but it went well. We did a bit of weaving with only body language, did some backup (got as far as having to jiggle - she wasnt keen!) and did the s shape bends (to trec standard) with a twist of the wrist and a little leg only so very happy with that